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High Quality Positive Youth Development Programs

4-H has a long history of helping youth “learn by doing”. When youth are thoughtfully guided through the do-reflect-apply process, there is tremendous potential for positive youth development and growth.  4-H focuses on teaching new topics and life skills development. Trained 4-H volunteers facilitate the learning that occurs in nonformal settings like 4-H club meetings and activities.  The 4-H result is a fun fulfilling learning experience.

Projects are separated into four categories:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) covers topics such as plant and animal sciences, engineering and technology, and environmental sciences.

Citizenship includes communication and leadership skills, as well as business and citizenship topics.

Creative Arts covers all things creative, such as photography and sewing.

Healthy Living addresses how to be healthier in all aspects of life, from cooking to exercise.



Learn more about making informational posters with the Informational Poster Workshop. Topics covered include:

  • Picking a topic
  • Types of Posters
  • Do’s and Don’ts
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